Androgyny is an amalgamation of masculine and feminine characteristics. Matters of gender equality, gender fluidity and transgenders are nothing new and off-lately there has been a more widespread acceptance of indistinctive gender lines. With transgender getting more and more mainstream, we see a lot of celebs doing it openly in the eye of the public. For example, Caitlyn Jenner (born, Bruce Jenner) appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, Alexis Arquette (born, Robert Arquette) has been a longtime transgender activist and went public with her transition in 2007, Laverne Cox got nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in an acting category for her work on ‘Orange Is the New Black’, etc. There are examples of understanding parents such as the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who support their 8-year-old daughter Shiloh’s choice to wear suits on the red carpet and go by the name John. Thus, with the blurring lines in the genders, androgyny is swiftly making its way into the mainstream.
Androgynous clothing were adopted by women around the world to increase comfort and functionality during the World Wars. Since then it has evolved as a way of bringing out the femininity of a woman into sharp focus. With menswear-inspired looks swaggering the runways for women for Burberry, and skirted shorts on the menswear ramps of Y-3, many have roved to call it a fashion trend. Besides the comeback in vogue of menswear-inspired ensembles such as full suits and oversized cuts, there has also been a modern take on the “skort”- hybrid styles, generally a mixture of masculine trousers and feminine skirts.
The key to wearing androgynous looks is finding the perfect horizon between tomboy and ladylike. In this post, I wear a blue tuxedo with a bow-tie. For my complete look, I styled the menswear silhouette by more fitted, single buttoned, short-sleeved (for prominent broad shirt-cuffs) jacket and a fitted narrow bottomed trousers. Black bold eyes, hair up-do, red lips, black nails and high-heeled peep-toes, completed the look.
As it can be seen in the fashion weeks and in the real life too, that Androgyny is bigger and louder than ever, I think its time we conclude that the gender-specific clothing is on its way out.
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